What is the Legal Drinking Age Onboard a Cruise Ship?



We all know that the legal drinking age in America is 21; but what about when you are on a cruise ship? The answer varies depending on where the Cruise Ship is at, where you depart from, and what Cruise Line you are on.

In general the majority (not all) of Cruise lines will allow those over the age of 18 to drink alcohol if the cruise is departing from Europe, or any other areas where alcohol laws do not restrict drinking age.

If your cruise ship is docked at a port located within the United States then you will not be able to purchase or consume alcohol unless you are at least 21.

But what if your Cruise Ship departs from the United States and is sailing in International Waters? At this point you are at mercy of whatever Cruise Line you choose to sail on.

    Legal Drinking Age on a Cruise




Below is a list of Cruise Lines and what their current policy states regarding consumption
and/or purchase of alcohol on International Waters:


**Disclaimer** Cruise Line policies can change and the information below may be outdated if this occurs;
always check with your cruise line first before consuming alcohol while under the age of 21.


Cruise Lines that do not allow under 21 to drink alcohol

Cruise Lines that do NOT allow anyone under
the age of 21 to buy or consume alcohol:



Carnival Cruise Line


"The minimum age for the purchase and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the bars, lounges and gift shops is 21 years of age. In the event that Bar/Restaurant/Gift Shop staff are in question that a guest is less than 21 years old, they shall request picture identification, prior to serving the drink or selling the bottle of liquor.

Carnival reserves the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone."


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Royal Caribbean International


"The minimum age to consume alcohol on Royal Caribbean International ships on sailings originating in North America remains at twenty-one (21). Any sailing that includes a US port the minimum drinking age is 21, even when orginating in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. The minimum age to consume alcohol at all private destinations remains twenty-one (21) without regard to where the sailing originated. The Company retains the right, on rare occasions, to raise the minimum age of alcohol consumption on any sailing when local laws require or permit such a modification.

The minimum age to consume alcohol on Royal Caribbean International ships on sailings originating in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America is eighteen (18)."


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Disney Cruise Line


"The drinking age aboard ship is 21. Valid photo I.D. is required. Disney Cruise Line reserves the right to refuse sale and/or service to anyone.

In recognition of the expectations of our multi-national guests, for round-trip cruises departing from European countries, where the legal drinking age is lower than 21, a parent or guardian who is sailing with his or her son(s) and/or daughter(s) and/or ward(s) who is between the ages of 18 and 20, may sign a beverage consent form allowing the 18 to 20 year old to purchase alcoholic beverages while in their presence onboard. Parents or guardians may complete the beverage consent form in the Guest Ticket Booklet or inquire about the consent form at check-in. Please note: The 18 to 20 year old must comply with all laws and Disney Cruise Line policies related to the consumption and distribution of alcohol in Europe, including among other things, agreeing to not provide alcoholic beverages to any other person, regardless of age. This policy is subject to change without notice."


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Princess Cruise Line


"The legal drinking age of 21 years is always observed onboard and proof of age may be required. All onboard staff are trained to take their responsibility to not serve alcohol to underage passengers seriously. The age restrictions are clearly posted in the bars."

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Holland Cruise Line


"The Guest agrees that no alcohol shall be purchased or consumed by any Guest under the age of twenty-one (21) on cruises embarking or disembarking Guests at U.S. ports, or under the age of eighteen (18) for all other cruises."

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Costa Cruise Line


"Alcoholic beverages will not be served to guests under age 21."

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Cruise Lines that may allow alcohol under 21      

Cruise Lines that MAY allow
consumption / purchase of alcohol
by those under the age of 21
in special situations:



Crystal Cruise Line


"Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served wine and beer, and at least 21 years old to be served spirits. When docked or anchored in U.S. ports, within the three-mile limit, guests must be at least 21 years old to be served any alcoholic beverage."

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Norwegian Cruise Line


"Passengers must be 21 years of age or older to purchase or consume alcohol. With the exception of Alaska and Hawaii itineraries, Norwegian permits young adults to purchase and personally consume wine and beer only while onboard and with the consent of an accompanying parent.

Authorization will be given only when the accompanying parent completes the Young Adult Alcoholic Beverage Waiver form. This form can be obtained and completed at the Guest Services Desk upon embarkation of the vessel.

However, passengers 18 years of age or older are permitted to consume alcoholic beverages when sailing on round-trip European voyages without having to complete the Young Adult Alcoholic Beverage Waiver form."


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Azamara Cruise Line


"The minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on all Azamara ships is 21. However, on ships in Europe and South America, where the legal drinking age is 18, a parent sailing with children between the ages of 18 and 20 may sign a waiver allowing them to consume alcoholic beverages. The waiver may not apply when the vessel is in certain territorial waters. Please note that an individual's age on the date of sailing determines his or her status for the entire voyage vacation.

Any guest for whom a waiver has been signed must agree to comply with Azamara's policies. This includes an agreement to not provide alcoholic beverages to any other person, regardless of age. This policy is subject to change without notice. "


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Celebrity Cruise Line


"The minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on Celebrity Cruises ships sailing from North America is 21.

The minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on Celebrity Cruises ships sailing from South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand is 18. In certain circumstances where local laws permit or require, Celebrity Cruises may modify this policy which may also require parent/guardian request/authorization. Guests may contact Guest Relations or refer to Celebrity Today for specific minimum drinking age information on their cruise vacation."


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